Monday, January 14, 2013
Dealing with a loved one’s deployment? The American Red Cross for years has offered “Coping With Deployments,” a course to help family members of Reserve, National Guard and active-duty service members. The course now is offered online for free as well.
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Monday, January 14
The American Red Cross has begun offering an online version of its “Coping with Deployments” course, which is designed to promote resilience in families supporting the military deployment of a loved one. “After introducing the original instructor-led course in 2008 and seeing how it has helped military families, we’re pleased to be able to offer this course online so that more people can benefit,” said Sherri Brown, senior vice president of Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces. The Red Cross developed “Coping with Deployments” after working closely with subject-matter experts from all service branches—along with National Guard and Reserve components—to complement what is offered in their courses. Since 2008, approximately 4,400 people …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office pays tribute online to Fallen Heroes who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom. The list of 52 soldiers includes 37 who served in the U.S. Army.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has established a permanent online memorial for those who lost their lives in service to the country since the terrorist attacks of 2001. The site, as of Dec. 4, 2012, notes 52 soldiers, including one special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration. On the list are 37 soldiers from the U.S. Army, 10 from the U.S. Marines, three from the U.S. Air Force and one from the U.S. Navy. The list was last posted by Brandon Patch in April. Since then, four Army soldiers (Marc Anderson, Stanley J. Lapinski, Ricardo Seija and Peter E. Winston) and one Marine (Eric A. Palmisano) have been added (see list below). “We extend our gratitude to each Fallen Hero who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom, …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Thankful that her Marine husband, Esteban Jimenez, is back from Afghanistan, Jennifer Jimenez took a moment out of the family's joyful homecoming at FishHawk Creek Elementary to remember both troops overseas and their families.
For Jennifer and Esteban Jimenez, their homecoming Sept. 18 was a time of joy they shared not only with their kids but also with reporters and well-wishers at FishHawk Creek Elementary School in Hillsborough County, Florida. With her four-year-old son, Esteban, in hand, Jennifer Jimenez picked up her husband at Tampa International Airport, a day earlier than she had anticipated. At FishHawk Creek, the couple signed out their daughters early from school, to greet their dad for his surprise homecoming. With her youngest daughter, Isabella, 5, on her lap, and her sister, Analisa, 9, looking on, Jennifer Jimenez in a video interview spoke both about the joys of having her husband home safely and her deep regard for the troops that remain …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Recognizing the unique stresses of military families, Big Brother Big Sisters of Tampa Bay seeks volunteers and kids to participate in a newly established mentoring program for the children of parents who serve.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay seeks to attract volunteers and kids for a newly instituted mentoring program to support the children of military families. “The program was developed because military families continue to undergo a high level of stress and have a need for more support," said Stephen Koch, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit organization. Big Brother Big Sisters of Tampa Bay provides children with one-on-one adult mentoring in Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties. Eligible for the military program are children ages 9 or older with a parent on active duty, in the reserves, in the National Guard or whose parent died in the line of duty. From playing catch to helping with homework to writing a letter…